Over the past decades job stress has been steadily increasing. The top countries where businessmen admit they are “super stressed” are Taiwan and Hong Kong, and the ones that report lower stress levels are countries in Western Europe. Unfortunately, in the past few years stress in the corporate environment has been rising fast due to the global economic conditions. And this is how we get into a vicious circle of stress: the economy experiences a slump, workers feel more stressed, their productivity is reduced, economic conditions get even worse, and the cycle continues.

A moderate amount of stress actually can be motivating, bringing forth excellence in an individual and a company. But too much stress damages a company’s most valuable asset – its employees. When deadlines become a way of life, then a person may find himeslf unable to think clearly and to come up with new ideas. Furthermore, stress leads to taking sick days and then work is not done at all. It is then that the stress starts having a negative impact on productivity and morale.

More than ever before, employee stress is being recognized as a major drain on corporate productivity and competitiveness. Therefore, take a break for a few minutes to relax and take a few deep breaths before starting a new project. Managing stress as people climb toward their goal is essential for enjoying their success when they finally get there.

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